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Weekend Website: ReclaiMe

Posted by on January 10, 2014

tech problemsEvery week, I share a website that inspired my students, parents or myself. Here’s one that provided me peace of mind…

Age:

Adult

Topic:

website/blog maintenance

Address:

ReClaiMe

Review:

Until the day you need it, any software that promises to recover lost data seems too confusing to worry about. That all changes when the book you’ve been writing for ten months announces ‘file corrupted’ when you try to open the lesson plans you created to align the math curriculum with Common Core disappear, or that Open House slideshow of student work is deleted from the share drive where you keep it–and from your local drive. Then, it’s a big deal. Keep this review in your bookmarks (Symbaloo, MentorMob–whatever you use) so you can find it when the day arrives. And it will, exactly when you don’t have time to deal with it.

ReClaiMe is the brainchild of two sisters–Elena and Yulja Pakhomova (although Elena assures me it’s primarily her sister). Both hold degrees in technical studies. Yulja also has children, which is probably why asking a tech teacher to review the product came to mind. You can read about them here. I like that they are pursuing the American dream (from Russia) of starting their business, believing in themselves, testing those entrepreneurial waters. I should be so brave!

Installation of ReClaiMe is quick, and simple. No tricks. Few confusing choices and really no settings buttons (forcing you to choose between ‘this’ and ‘that’). As Elena told me, “I’m sure that even not a techy-savvy person can easily handle with it.”. Among the tasks it can perform:

  • Undelete a single or multiple files.
  • Unformat a hard drive (desktop and laptop).
  • Photo recovery for memory cards used by digital cameras, mobile phones, PDAs.
  • NAS recovery for QNAP, Synology, WD MyBook, LaCie, and similar devices (that’s confusing, but you’ll care if you need to use it).
  • Recover RAW filesystem drive.
  • Recover data in case of boot failure.

Don’t take my word for it though. ReClaiMe has received many awards and positive user feedback, including Download.com, Seagate user forums, and Tech Support Forums, A lot of people found ReClaiMe a savior in that impossible situation of lost files.

Pros

  • works on Mac and Windows
  • unformat—I can’t imagine ‘formatting’ by accident, but I know from reading forums it happens.
  • backs up iPods—interesting
  • works with all traditional platforms, including Microsoft, Linux, and MacOS.
  • recover files from a flash drive. If you’ve ever tried to do this, you realize it’s much more complicated than the internal drive on your computer.
  • when you purchase a license, it works on all your computers. You don’t need a separate one for each device in the house.
  • unconditional money-back guarantee for 30 days. So if it works, you win. If it doesn’t work, it cost you nothing but time.
  • nice collection of six how-to videos available on their website

Cons

  • Recovery–as with any data recovery program–is slow, but worth it if you’ve accidentally deleted report card comments (as one of my colleagues did one year).
  • The discussion of FATS, NAS, etc. on the website’s front page makes it sound complicated, though it isn’t. Persevere!
  • It’s a small company so you have to get past those concerns. I think their unconditional guarantee helps a lot with that.

Educational Applications

Every summer, teachers back up files used during the school year and hope they don’t disappear over the summer. When August arrives, if the files are gone, we cry. With a file recovery program like ReClaiMe, we can stop crying.

By the way, ReClaiMe always offers a 50% discount to students who ask for it. I like this. I collect tools and ideas to offer parents who come to me with personal tech problems. I hate when it involves money, but if I can include a discount, that’s good. One of my favorites has always been the generous discounts offered by Adobe to teachers and students. Now, I’ll add ReClaiMe to the list.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of ReclaiMe. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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